Unfun but necessary
Learning of man's (as in human's) reluctance to kill, and the statistics of killing in wars
Yes. This book was not fun to listen to. It was downright awful at times. It is also the most important book I've experienced in the past 10 years at very least. I think this is important for any adult to read. Period.
I didn't give it 5 stars for Performance because it is read by the author. Read by the author is a good thing, but I would be dishonest if I were to say he as good a job as professional voice actors/narrators. But he does an entirely adequate job beyond a doubt (above average in fact,) and the content is much more important than the performance.
I am fascinated by the mental conditioning I under went in the Marines, and this explains in great detail, why we train the way we train.
A bit of a New York accent
Vietnam veterans treatment by Americans.
Everyone should read this book.
I am a retired RN who has a interest in many different ideas, places, people, aand times. I do like books with some kind of action in them.
I can't read because of my eyes. So audio is the way I go.
It doesn't have characters. It traces the history of how our armed services are prepared for war from our Civil War on. It explains why our armed forces and our society has the problems is has whether it be with depression, PTSD or children killing children in schools.
Again there are no characters. There are very tangible reasons why "we" are the way "we" are.
It made me very alarmed and conflicted. I know we need people to fight our wars. We need to do more to help them when they come back....and their families. We need to rethink violent video games. I would outlaw them myself if I could.
I would suggest every parent, every service spouse, all the politicians and all the game makers read this. Then act as your conscience demands.
This book was intriguing, fascinating, convicting, and sobering. I was expecting a book tht was glorify heroic battles, but it wasn't why I got. Instead I received a fascinating journey through the killing process and how modern military training makes today's armies of infantry much more deadly than their predecessors.
It also is a cautionary tale for parents, politicians, and media types who cause their positions to protect our children from violence towards their fellow man, and urges us as a nation to re-sensitize ourselves and our children.
I highly, highly recommend and encourage you to listen to this book read by the author himself.
We rarely get a glimpse into the perspective of killers, but they too are human and more like the rest of us than I would have guessed.
The author's discussion is well done and informative, his narrative style is easy to listen to. This is one of those books, that when you have finished, you say to yourself "I'm glad I read that, I learned a lot"
insightful, compelling, and disturbing
when the canadian nato officer brakes into the church where the nun was being raped it was shocking to hear of such barbarism in humanity but also it gave me hope seeing how the young nun still was not broken from the traumatic experience
he kept you in the book i always enjoy the author to be the narrator because it is as if he is describing his beliefe structure to you as if in a conversation more then just flipping threw the pages of a book
not sure he did pretty well
great book hope to read or listen to more from this author
This essentially is a series of stories about how people learn to kill other human beings. The conclusion is truly relevant on how media violence and video game killing simulators are the practice fields for young murders and terrorists. One would think an Army Special Forces officer would have better organizational skills. Way too many parts, or sections, and way too many chapters, with way too many repeated stories, or whatever! The only way to sort it out would be buy the book, but then with the third or fourth repeat you would shelve the book and never understand the bigger important story. Listen to the audio, and deal with the organization, it might save your life or someone you know and love.
There is nothing I can say about Lt Col Grossman that hasn't been said - he is amazing, knowledgeable, and insightful. He gets the Warrior mind like few ever have or will. He is a mentor and a hero. This book, as with his others, is enlightening and helpful in understanding the effects of killing on the human psyche. Everyone who wears a badge, a flag patch on their shoulder, or is married to someone who does, should read this book. I cannot recommend it enough and will probably listen again (which I NEVER do).
Very high up. The author does a fantastic job of touching on a very personal topic without letting his own human bias creep in. I'm sure it's there, but it's a very balanced view. Highly recommended for anyone interested in psychology in general.
I grew up in a very "pro war" family. After hearing this book, it gave me a whole new insight into what war and killing actually is and how... wrong... it really is. The book in no way pulls a moral stance one way or the other but once you're more educated on the subject it becomes a lot harder to justify such a stance. Only a psychopath can kill another human being without truly altering their own life forever.
The author has a unique accent that wouldn't be a problem in real life but at times can be distracting. He's the man who actually WROTE the book so he puts emphasis on proper points and does a great job, I just have to give performance a 4 star because his accent at times makes him sound less intelligent than he really is. You know, when someone talks in a British accent they automatically sound smarter, this guy's accent automatically swings him the other way. Great book though.